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AUDIT: ND UNIVERSITY AWARDED UNEARNED DEGREES: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Facing pressure to bring in more students as North Dakota's booming oil industry made it tougher to coax new high school graduates into college, Dickinson State University began looking overseas to boost its enrollment.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Non-Solyndra energy loans could cost taxpayers $3B

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government could lose nearly $3 billion on Energy Department loans for green energy programs - far less than the $10 billion Congress set aside for the high-risk program, according to an independent review.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


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UGGIE, 'WAR HORSE' AMONG PAWSCAR AWARD WINNERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscars aren't until Feb. 26, but winners of the Pawscars are already celebrating.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama tells gay donors more work to be done

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told gay and lesbian supporters at a big-ticket fundraiser Thursday that there's more work to do to ensure fairness for all, but he said he "couldn't be prouder" of his track record for them.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Hold the mystery meat: Military food gets upgrade to improve nutritional standards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Hold the mystery meat: Military mess halls soon will be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama lets 10 states flee

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


FBI did background on Steve Jobs when he was considered for government post

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI background interviews of some people who knew Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reveal a man driven by power and alienating some of the people who worked with him.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


LA school reopens amid sex abuse scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School got off to a rough start Thursday with students returning to class for the first time since their entire elementary school staff was replaced after two longtime teachers were accused of lewd acts on children.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


GOP vows to reverse Obama birth control policy regarding religious organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


GOP vows to reverse Obama birth control policy regarding religious organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


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UNIV. OF ND WILL USE FIGHTING SIOUX NICKNAME: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota resumed using its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname Wednesday even though it triggered NCAA sanctions, leaving some fans weary of the seven-year fight over a moniker that critics believe is demeaning.

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


Sources: New military roles planned for women

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the past decade women in the U.S. military have served, fought and died on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


Jubilant Santorum sweeps Minnesota, Colorado; wins Missouri primary as well

WASHINGTON (AP) - A resurgent Rick Santorum won Republican presidential caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday night, a stunning sweep that raised fresh questions about front-runner Mitt Romney's appeal among the ardent conservatives at the core of the party's political base.

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


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SENATE STRUGGLES TO PAY FOR HIGHWAY PROGRAMS: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate was scheduled to take up a bill to extend federal highway and transit programs later this week even though Democrats were still struggling Tuesday to find a way to pay for the programs.

February 07, 2012 | | Nation


Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive resigns after Planned Parenthood flap

ATLANTA (AP) - A vice president at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure resigned Tuesday, saying the breast cancer charity should have stood by its politically explosive decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.

February 07, 2012 | | Nation


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Caregiver stepped on tot, who died

NEW YORK (AP) - A child care worker charged with killing a toddler in her home told police she threw the boy to the floor and stepped on him three times, and after that, he could no longer walk on his own, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama takes less vacation than predecessors

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sex charges for teacher of the year

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels for DUI

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher suspended after shooting lesson

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Reid makes off color joke at Asian event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Parole denied yet again for Lennon’s killer

NEW YORK (AP) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man who at pot candy must stand trial

DENVER (AP) - A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking warning for 1,000 retailers

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Ryan says he’d love to see Romney run again

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm."

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect’s friend pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


National Guard leaving Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


Torture anime banned at kidnap-rape trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


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